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Kilgore selected queen of 2001 Carrot Festival

January 27, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Keri Kilgore, 17, was named queen of the 2001 Carrot Festival on Friday night.

Keri, a senior at Holtville High School, is the daughter of Donnie and Denise Kilgore. Other queen candidates were Ofelia Castro, Shannon Garrison, Sylvia Gonzales and Katrina Nilson.

Tassa Allegranza, 12, was named the festival's princess. A seventh-grader at Holtville Middle School, she is the daughter of Mark and Betsy Allegranza. Other princess candidates were Becky Alaniz, Lyndzie Godfrey, Alicesina Gonzalez and Jocelyn Nuñez.

A weary Carleigh Bingham, 5, walked off with the junior princess crown. Carleigh is in kindergarten at Finley Elementary School. Although Carleigh was coming down with the flu, she looked beautiful in her lavender gown with her blond hair piled atop her head. Her parents are Carl and Marcy Bingham. Junior princess aspirants also included Elizabeth Castro, Brittany Gillespie, Mary Higginbottom, Meredith Ibarra, Bianca Ramos and Tisha Williams.

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The queen and princess were escorted by their fathers. The junior princess was escorted by her brother, Zachary Bingham.

Last year's queen, Jessica Diez, presented Keri with her crown. All the contestants received engraved silver jewelry boxes. The queen and princess candidates received cash prizes and flowers. The younger girls received savings bonds, trophies and flowers. The contestants will ride in convertibles in the Carrot Festival parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Guests to the Chamber of Commerce banquet were welcomed by Sylvia Nelson, chamber president. El Centro resident Majid Rahman provided guitar music throughout the evening.

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